“It’s Complicated”- Uncle Toni on Rafael Nadal Winning French Open 2020

Published 09/15/2020, 6:41 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 14, 2020 Spain’s Rafael Nadal during a practice session Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill


Now that the US Open has finally come to a close, fans are looking forward to the next Grand Slam- the French Open. Usually, the undisputed favorite at this event is Rafael Nadal, as he has won it 12 times. However, this year’s tennis season has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. And that is why some feel it may impact Rafa’s run in Paris.

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In a recent interview, the Spaniard’s uncle shared his thoughts on the topic.

“Rafael, the last tournament, he played in Acapulco, it was the last tournament. That was in February, from February until now, that’s six-seven months without playing any tournaments. It’s complicated. But at the end, I hope that Rafael can win again. I hope that he can make a big effort and to try to win the next Roland Garros. And if this is not possible, then Rafael has to prepare for the next year.”

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 14, 2020 Spain’s Rafael Nadal during a practice session Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

Rafael Nadal is preparing

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Rafael Nadal is a clay-court beast. However, even he might struggle at the French Open without playing an event before it. He knows that, which is why he has arrived in Rome to play the 2020 Italian Open.

Just like Roland Garros, Rafa also has an incredible track record in Rome. He has won the event an astounding nine times and now he is on the hunt to make that a double-digit number. Having already done so at three other events, it would be incredible to see him do it again.

He will take the first step towards that goal when he plays Pablo Carreno Busta today. It will be a tough match seeing as Pablo is in good touch following his run into the semifinal of the US Open. However, we can still expect Rafa to come through this challenge with flying colors.

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